Until recently, police were authorized to draw a driver’s blood without a warrant in suspected DUI cases. The blood results were then tested for levels of alcohol and for possible drug consumption. The United States Supreme Court recently reviewed this issue and determined that the police must be granted a warrant prior to drawing a person’s blood and due to this recent ruling, as many as 17 DUI arrests in Austin may be thrown out.
DUI blood draws are quite prevalent during dates or events when alcohol consumption is common. There have been approximately 336 DUI arrests during this year’s SXSW/Spring Break alone. During holidays and special event weekends, Austin police officers are on the lookout for intoxicated drivers and now enact “No Refusal Weekends” where police are automatically issued warrants to take blood from drivers who are suspected of driving under the influence.
Car accidents involving drivers charged with DUI also have increased consequences. Those who are injured in DUI related car accidents should be aware that they may be entitled to recover money damages for their injuries. Victims of DUI accidents can receive reimbursement for their out of pocket expenses, as well as compensation for pain and suffering, mental distress, lost wages and other losses.
An Austin car accident attorney from Terry & Kelly, PLLC can assist those who have been involved in DUI and DWI car accidents. Our experienced team is familiar with the complexities of DUI and DWI cases and can help explain your rights. Call Terry & Kelly, PLLC at 512-910-2000 to schedule a consultation.
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